If a spa concept was considered a work of art then Arom:D Artisan Spa would be an organically framed, handcrafted masterpiece—a shining example of artistic expertise, creative skill and mindful dexterity. Whilst a good massage can appear to transport you to another dimension, here is a spa that is already there, waiting for you to join; one that takes the wellbeing experience to an altogether deeper and infinitely more interesting level.
Newly opened in Phrakanong’s Naiipa Art Complex, treatments for the body and mind are richly natural and innovatively unique, including semi-precious stone scrubs, colour therapy massages, and organic crystal facials. The spa has a strong artsy, design-led sense that, along with its green-tree setting, gives it an art-space vibe. This combines with a thoughtful sense of luxury that is all about not only feeling good but about being good (to yourself), and ultimately about being yourself.
From the natural wood tree-trunk tables to the earthy tones and soothing décor with old-style Thai touches, the interior exudes a beautifully presented pastoral feel. Here is a theatrical spa set-design that evokes the nostalgic sentiment of rural Thailand; of handicrafts and artisans, of simplicity, and a gentler way of life. The moment you step inside the nature-inspired environment you experience a much-needed modern-day antidote for the spirit with echoes of the goodness of the past that resonate throughout your whole being—the spa equivalent to the warm-fuzzy feeling of a happy, carefree childhood when life seemed far less complex.
The 90-minute Muay Thai Massage (B2,500), reimagines the traditional Thai massage by integrating the concept of Thai boxing technique using the elbows, knees, feet and hands. The impact is a powerful muscle relaxer that is invigorating yet soothing, whilst being energy boosting and smoothly relaxing. The silk boxing shorts and dressing gown add a whimsical touch, whilst the hot towels and cold-towel back slapping feels great.
The spa’s own brand oil feels exquisitely fine with every stroke and there is nothing left to do except surrender. Gold leaf applied to the forehead is a nice touch, quite literally, and is intended to stimulate the ‘Third Eye’, integrating Buddhist beliefs and Thai culture in a spa journey that has genuine narrative.
Whilst the spa is new and offers massage workshops too, the brand name has long been known in Bangkok with a former home in Sala Daeng as a well-respected academic spa training therapists. This professional heritage is proven with every small detail carefully presented creating service, quality and spa beauty of the highest calibre. Even the post-treatment mocktails are artistic beauties, and could have been taken straight off the menu of a high-end, on-trend mixologist Bangkok bar.
The Naiipa Art Complex combines art, nature, and office space and is a leafy oasis in up-and-coming Phrakanong, which is shaking off its image as a Thonglor and Ekkamai hanger-on and becoming an area that is now stepping forward to take its own star turn. Certainly, with the sky train extending to what central Bangkokians see as being as far as the moon, Phrakanong suddenly seems pretty city central. Naiipa Art Complex is a breath of fresh air for stressed-out urbanites and the perfect home for the trendsetting Arom:D Artisan Spa with its intelligent, international allure.
By Nadia Willan
Arom:D Artisan Spa
46, Sukhumvit Soi 46
Open daily: 10am-9pm
Tel: 02 392 1329, 095 883 6633